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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:28 pm 
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Well I recently got a new bike, and today I started to notice the wheel noise from my front wheel. It seems to be coming from the hub, if I take the wheel from the bike and spin only the axle on the hub the noise appears. The rear wheel, I'm not sure - I think that sounds normal.

I've attached a video recording both of these noises.

Is it safe to ride? Should I get a new wheel(s)? My bike shop will charge me a lot for these repairs as I'm not very experienced and I'm sure they'd take advantage!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TyBuBiJ ... e=youtu.be


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:34 pm 
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is anything catching the spokes? if not rebuild as see if a bearings broken, ps rear wheel looks buckled to me


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:35 pm 
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oh allso check the spokes to see if any are loose or broken


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:37 pm 
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I've checked all the spokes and I'm sure it's coming from the front hub. I am not sure about the rear wheel, it rides fine for me... I just want to know if it's safe to ride, as that's all I really care about at the end of the day.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:41 pm 
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is it a brand new bike? if so take it back get them to sort it, if not its hard to say if its safe without looking at it, not to good with things unless i can see it with my own eyes ect, is there play in the bearigs if you try to wobble the wheel side to side


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:43 pm 
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benjy wrote:
is it a brand new bike? if so take it back get them to sort it, if not its hard to say if its safe without looking at it, not to good with things unless i can see it with my own eyes ect, is there play in the bearigs if you try to wobble the wheel side to side

No I bought it from ebay. I contacted the seller about the front wheel hub and he told me he'd send me out a new wheel Monday, however if the back wheel has a problem also I will just return the bicycle to the seller, as I don't want any hassle.

What do you mean by "play" in the bearings?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:53 pm 
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If it is a loud intermittent clicking noise then I had the same thing with a new, but cheap, wheel that was only about 3 months old at the time. It seemed to be that the bearings were siezing up, I re greased the bearings but it didn't help for long.
In the end I rebuilt the wheel with a branded spare hub I had in stock.

Greasing bearings should be a fine job for a novice, just have a look at the instructional vids on YouTube. I wouldn't attempt wheel building until you are more experienced and confident. Unless you have very fancy wheels, it will probably be cheaper to replace than get a rebuild done.

Your current wheel might carry on running noisily for some time to come, the main danger is that it might seize up unexpectedly, or wear very rapidly and work loose.

Here's your homework for the weekend :) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNzN9oTQA8s


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:55 pm 
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PurleySquire wrote:
If it is a loud intermittent clicking noise then I had the same thing with a new, but cheap, wheel that was only about 3 months old at the time. It seemed to be that the bearings were siezing up, I re greased the bearings but it didn't help for long.
In the end I rebuilt the wheel with a branded spare hub I had in stock.

Greasing bearings should be a fine job for a novice, just have a look at the instructional vids on YouTube. I wouldn't attempt wheel building until you are more experienced and confident. Unless you have very fancy wheels, it will probably be cheaper to replace than get a rebuild done.

Your current wheel might carry on running noisily for some time to come, the main danger is that it might seize up unexpectedly, or wear very rapidly and work loose.

Thanks,

is this for both wheels or the front?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:42 am 
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This applies to both wheels, watch the video! :D it explains everything you need to know. You might also want to seek out your local RetroBikers from this forum, we're a pretty friendly bunch and keen to help.


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